More people than ever seem to be moving house in the past 12 months, and if you are reading this then it looks like you are moving as well. You might be concerned about how your cockapoo will react to all the changes. There’s no doubt your dog is going to be a bit confused as you can’t let them know that everything is about to change.
However, I have some tips to help the move be less stressful for your dog and some advice on how to help them settle in quicker.
House Moving Tips
Contents and Quick Navigation
- 1 House Moving Tips
- 1.1 Dogs can sense things
- 1.2 Make arrangements on moving day
- 1.3 Let them explore the new home
- 1.4 Make sure the garden is dog friendly
- 1.5 Unpack their belongings
- 1.6 Have fun with your new dog
- 1.7 Start the same routine
- 1.8 Sleeping routine the same
- 1.9 Explore the local area
- 1.10 Register with your local vets
- 1.11 Update their microchip
- 2 Final thoughts
Dogs can sense things
Dogs are really clever, especially cockapoos. If they notice you are packing stuff up and boxes are arriving they will be able to sense that something is happening. Dogs are a fan of routine and with all these changes they might get a bit stressed. Our tip of to make sure you still dedicate plenty of time to your dog – their usual walks and some extra playtime to let them know everything is ok.
Make arrangements on moving day
On the day when you actually move, its probably best for your dog to be out of the way. There will be lots of people in and out of the house carrying heavy objects. The last thing they need is a dog under their feet. Also, the front door will be left open a lot and you don’t want your dog escaping.
Its best to arrange a family member or friend to take the dog during the day of the move until you are all settled in that evening. It will be less stressful for you, and less stressful for the dog.
Let them explore the new home
Dogs love new smells so its important to let them have free roam and investigate and explore. Take them upstairs and let them get used to the new layout of the house. Let them go outside and explore the garden as well.
Make sure the garden is dog friendly
Our current garden is all fenced off but one of the first things I would do if I was moving is to make sure that the new garden is all secure so that she can’t make a run for it. If the garden isn’t secure then maybe keep them on a long lead until it is.
Unpack their belongings
If your dog has some favourite blanket or toys then unpack these as soon as you can. This will help them settle if they know there are some familiar things in the new house.
Have fun with your new dog
Take some time out from unboxing and play with your dog. This will let them know that this is a nice place to be. Give them lots of treats and if you can, get them out in the garden running about.
Start the same routine
This might not suit everyone, but if you had a current routine at your old house then it could be worth starting it as soon as you can in the new house. This goes for eating, walking and sleeping. This will help them settle into the swing of things.
Sleeping routine the same
If your dog slept on the landing, or the kitchen in your old home then it would be wise to carry on letting them sleep in the same area in your new home. If you let your dog sleep in your bed on the first night in your new home, then this could cause issues going forward.
Explore the local area
As well as exploring the inside of your new home and garden its also important to get out with them and explore the local area. Find out what parks are nearby and let them take in all the new sites and smells.
Register with your local vets
This one can often be forgotten, but its important to register with your new vets. My recommendation would be to join a local Facebook group for your area and ask what recommended vets there are in your area.
Update their microchip
Another important one. While you are at your vets, update your microchip to the new address you have just moved to.
I hope the above tips were of use to you. If you think I have missed any tips please let me know in the comments below.